Elon Musk has big plans for Mars. So far, only zero people have been to Red Planet, However, this has not stopped the world’s richest man from claiming that by 2050, he will be able to place one million people in spaceships capable of carrying a thousand people at once. More challenging than humanity has ever undertaken a task, even before you get to the planet and begin making it habitable. He advised Mars to release carbon dioxide trapped beneath the planet’s surface. Studies have shown that planetary effects do not have nearly enough carbon dioxide beneath the surface to affect the planet, yet musk still “nuke Mars!” Tweeting seems to be associated with this idea. In 2019, even T-shirts are printed.
Once the technical problems solved and/or our new home called meaningless, there are still some socio-economic problems with establishing a colony on the new planet. How would society work? Would there be a monetary system, and when it is established? How would you divide the work? A solution to the musk has re-emerged after an article in Business Insider last week reported that Musk had become the richest man in the world, surpassing Jeff Bezos.
In a Twitter thread, Musk asked what criteria would be used to select a few thousand Martians, to which he responded: “It needs to be something that everyone can go to if they want; loans are available for those who don’t have money”. When asked if this meant people would need to repay loans, he replied “Yes. There will be a lot of work on Mars!”
People Are Not Keen On Elon Musk’s Plan for Workers on Mars
Although these readers read it as a positive step for the poorest members of society to reach Mars, others have taken it to mean that human debts will follow theirs to Mars and it became the first inter-planned prisoner colony of humanity. One critic wrote on Twitter, “The Thirteenth Amendment outlawed indentured slavery (along with slavery).” However, I guess the Constitution will not apply to Mars. “
The problem of how to organize a brand new society is not likely to be addressed any time soon (the number of people who have vacationed on Mars is also zero), which raises interesting questions for the future.
At this point, the Outer Space Treaty would bind Musk (and any other potential colonialist). In part, it states that similar to the application of maritime law to international waters, the laws of the country in which the astronauts will fly (in the case of SpaceX’s, it will be in the United States as an American agency) will be bound by the laws of the country in which they flew.
As such, the colony of Musk is subject to the indentured Survey Act of the United States, which banned in 1833. However, how the law will apply to the completely new planet, whether the law can extend or not (as it is on Earth) in the coming years will probably see in the planned Mars city of Elon Musk.